I’m writing this at around 11 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Because my kids return to their dad’s on Sundays, I usually celebrate Mother’s Day the day before (yesterday). The gifts are just as lovely, on another day.
But, today got me thinking about that ol’ work-life balance conundrum. After over 14 years of trying to achieve balance in my life, I came to realize a few things.
Work-life balance isn’t necessarily about equally sharing your time between work and the rest of your life. It’s more about doing things that you consider worthwhile and being present in those activities. I know, it gets difficult when you have multiple worthy activities competing for the same time slot or for your dwindling energy reserves.
However, I think the real enemy isn’t being busy, it’s guilt. I don’t know about you folks, but I seem to be constantly feeling like I need to apologize for who I am and the choices I make. Which is completely ridiculous and pointless!
So choose your path, be present at every step, and stop feeling guilty about being you. I think you’ll find that work-life balance is a lot easier to achieve when you quit trying so hard.